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The Small Business Grant Scheme is intended to help small businesses that operate from rateable premises in England, that were eligible for small business rate relief or rural rate relief on 11th March 2020.
If you’re not sure whether your business receives this type of relief, you can check by looking at your latest business rates bills. Originally the maximum amount available through this grant was £3,000, but this has now been increased to £10,000.
You can only claim once for a grant of this type, however, even if you operate from more than one business premises.
The Small Business Grant Scheme is set up to be administered by local authorities, so eligible small businesses in England should receive communication from their council and you may not need to proactively make an application. Your local authority will know that you’re eligible, and will contact you when the money is available. However, many businesses are not being contacted automatically and must make an application.
Other businesses are missing out due to just being above the threshold or not being properly registered.
If you’re a retail, hospitality, or leisure business, you may also be able to claim a grant of between £10,000 and £25,000 under the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme, although the ability to claim both grants is yet to be confirmed by the government.
So what is the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme, and how do you access this funding if you’re eligible?
The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme is available for businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure industry in England. It offers grants of £10,000 and £25,000, depending on the rateable value of your business property.
The businesses covered by this grant funding are those with properties that are wholly or mainly used for the purposes stated – retail, hospitality, or leisure - and there’s a detailed list on the government website of those included in this description.
Again, you don’t need to do anything to claim the grant. Your local authority is receiving funding from central government to provide these grants to businesses locally, and will let you know when the money is available.
As with the Small Business Grant Scheme, updated information regarding availability of the grants should appear on the government website or that of your local authority, but the money may be available from early April 2020. However, many businesses are not being contacted automatically and must make an application.
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